Thursday, August 27, 2009

That is B-A-N-A-N-A-S!

Wow. You know how you just assume that certain things will always be around? Like flip-flops or denim or re-runs of Cheers, Sesame Street and The Golden Girls? Well, apparently some good things do eventually come to an end. After 26 years, "Reading Rainbow" will end its run on PBS this Friday. Although the show stopped production in 2006, they continued to show the old episodes on PBS. But the network's contract with the show expires on Friday and they aren't renewing it. And so another childhood relic has reached the end of the rainbow. Wocka wocka wocka! Thanks, folks. I'm here all week. Be sure to tip your waitress!
In all seriousness, I loved me some "Reading Rainbow" when I was a wee one. There was nothing better than listening to Levar Burton explain passages from various books or chatting up people about their work. For those unfamiliar with the show, each episode centered on a theme from a book or other children's literature. Over the years, it drew a number of celebrity guest readers and contributors ranging from Angela Bassett, Matthew Broderick, Diahann Carroll and Julia Child to Bill Cosby, Phyllis Diller, Jerry Orbach, Run-D.M.C. and James Earl Jones.
Most of all, though, I will miss the awesome intro which depicted a rocking song and a cartoon butterfly transforming the surroundings of kids reading books. Check it out...

While you wipe away your tears over the soon-to-be-departed Reading Rainbow, here is a bit of sweet news to help turn that frown upside down. Tomorrow is Banana Lovers Day. YUM! So here are some sucralose-sweetened, low-calorie recipes to celebrate the big event.

Raspberry Banana Smoothie

Banana Cream Tart

Chocolate Chunk Banana Bread

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